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5:10 PM ET, February 25, 2013

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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Why was Michelle Obama at the Oscars?  —  It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady.  In a ball gown.  With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her.
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Iranian News Agency Alters Image Of Michelle Obama  —  The apparent goal: modesty.  —  Iran's semi-official Fars news agency altered an image of Michelle Obama at the Academy Awards to cover her shoulders and chest, an apparent attempt to render the First Lady modest enough for public consumption …
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Iranian media criticize Oscar win for ‘Argo’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Democrats and Republicans Miscalculate on Automatic Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: lawmakers most keenly dedicated …
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Lara Seligman / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Voters: Pentagon should bear the brunt of deficit cuts
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Earth to New York Times: Please Show Us these “Deep Spending Cuts” You Keep Writing About
Discussion: Althouse
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
If You Think the Sequester Cuts Will Tank the Economy, I've Got a Bridge In Brooklyn You Might Want to Buy
Washington Post:
White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester's effects  —  The White House on Sunday detailed how deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans …
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Wall Street Journal:
Fresh Front in Budget Battle
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Warner: Public does not realize how ‘stupid’ sequester cuts are
Discussion: Politico and Washington Monthly
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Sequester Impact On States Detailed In New White House Reports
Discussion: msnbc.com
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Dov Hikind Parties Down for Purim in ‘Black Basketball Player’ Costume  —  Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes.  (Photo: Facebook)  —  Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind hosted a massive Purim party at his home yesterday that featured over fourteen hours of food and drink and …
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to Party  —  A prominent Brooklyn assemblyman defended himself on Monday after attracting attention for wearing blackface to a party he hosted this weekend to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.  —  The assemblyman, Dov Hikind, a Democrat …
Facebook:
The Onion  · 2,265,644 like this  —  On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars.  It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Ted Cruz's neo-McCarthyism doesn't bode well for GOP “makeover”  —  Senator Ted Cruz's office has now responded to a New Yorker report claiming he gave a speech in 2010 alleging that Harvard Law School was besotted with communists determined to overthrow the United States government — by doubling down on the charges.
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The GOP's Ted Cruz problem
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Cruz Defends Government Overthrow Lie
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Herald Tribune to Be Renamed The International New York Times  —  The New York Times Company said Monday it was planning to rename The International Herald Tribune, its 125-year-old newspaper based in Paris, and would also unveil a new Web site designed for international audiences.
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The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Announces Plan to Rebrand the International Herald Tribune …
Discussion: Politico
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Judd Makes Steps Toward Senate Bid  —  The beautiful movie star tries to take on Washington by defeating a powerful Republican leader.  It's not a plot line, it's reality: The actress Ashley Judd is making moves to take on GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell Thinks You're an Idiot  —  at 8:00 a.m. Bob McDonnell will go to CPAC and address the Faith & Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast.  For those of you who attend this event, you will be sitting staring at a liar.  —  If you are a conservative, remember Bob McDonnell thinks you're an idiot.
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Jonathan Earle / Telegraph:
John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan  —  John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of ‘Kyrzakhstan’  —  In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
White House Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists  —  If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered.  In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE HOUSE OF PAIN … - DOUBLE TAKE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - BOROWITZ - RICHARD BRODY
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Obama using fake Twitter messages in fight over gun control  —  A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama's gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter.  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Dems 2016: Will Hillary Clinton clear the field?  —  The ranks of Democratic governors are filled with ambitious politicians boasting records that would probably play well with primary voters in 2016.  —  But even as they eye a move from the statehouse to the White House …
Bill Mears / CNN:
Sotomayor slams controversial remarks by prosecutor  —  Washington (CNN) - Two members of the Supreme Court took the unusual step of speaking out over racially insensitive remarks by a federal prosecutor in a drug case, when rejecting review of the defendant's appeal.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Raw Story
 
 
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Jeff Zeleny Joining ABC News
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Hope Yen / Talking Points Memo:
U.S. Dropping Use Of ‘Negro’ On Census Surveys
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
North Carolina Proposes Second-Class Driver Licenses For DREAMers
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